|Location(s)||Bowser's Castle/Palace of Shadow, Pit of 100 Trials, Underwhere Road, Flipside Pit of 100 Trials, Marmalade Valley, Vortex Island|
|Attack Power||4 (PM)|
|Tattle||A skeleton Koopa that sometimes builds friends. Even after it collapses at 0 HP, it will sometimes get back up.|
|Catch Card #||029|
Dry Bones is a dead Koopa Troopa that has withered into bones. They attack by throwing bones at Mario or his partner. They can also rebuild more Dry Bones if one has been defeated or if they're alone. Because of how dried out their bones are, they take heavy damage when attacked with a bomb or fire attack. In Paper Mario, one Fire Flower will instantly kill all Dry Bones in the area. These enemies can also get back up even after they're dead. The only way to permanently kill them is to use a fire attack or bomb attack. Ironically, in Super Mario Bros 3, using a Fire Flower against one had no effect. They are part of Bowser's Army but have been defeated more than once. In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Dry Bones work in the same way they did in the previous games, but they can be killed permanently by smashing them with an unstable wall.
Paper Mario Edit
Dry Bones reappear in Paper Mario in Bowser's Castle when Bowser captures Princess Peach and her castle. Dry Bones only appear in Bowser's Castle in the game, protecting the upper regions of the castle from Mario and his partners. They are a relatively powerful enemy, as they appear about halfway through the Castle. This variation of Dry Bones is able to walk upright and throw bones at Mario. They are also capable of building more of themselves, with the same amount of HP as the original unit. They regenerate themselves if all their HP is taken, but can be permanently defeated with flames or explosions, which they are immune to in most other games. In this game, fire and explosions are extremely effective against Dry Bones. Player can use Kooper's Fire Shell or Bombette's explosions to defeat them easily. If a Dry Bones spots Mario outside battle they try to throw a bone at him to make the First Strike.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Edit
There are four different varieties of Dry Bones in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door during the invasion of the X-Nauts. The first type appears in Hooktail Castle. This variety is named Dull Bones and is the weakest in the game. This type of Dry Bones cannot come back to life once its HP is taken, but it is able to build more allies. Many dead Koopa Troopas appear all around Hooktail's Castle, many of which are previous residents of Petalburg. Some of these are animate Dull Bones and others, like Kolorado's Father, are truly dead.
Also in the castle is a different variety of Dry Bones, appropriately named Red Bones. This alteration is slightly more powerful than the Dull Bones and has a red tint to its entire body. In the first battle, Red Bones is accompanied by four Dull Bones. This variety can also create reinforcements of more Dull Bones and can revive itself if fallen, unlike its weaker counterparts. Red Bones is first encountered by Mario and his party in Hooktail's Castle, and it later reappears in the Palace of Shadows. In the first confrontation, Red Bones calls upon countless numbers of Dull Bones and they swarm in on Mario and his partner. The player has to use Mario's hammer to scatter the Dull Bones and engage the Red Bones in a battle, or get tossed out of the castle.
Much later in the game, normal Dry Bones uncommonly appear in the Palace of Shadows and the Pit of 100 Trials. The normal variation is able to get back up once defeated, and is also able to build more allies at any point in a battle. To damage Mario and his partner, Dry Bones can throw bones at the pair. The normal Dry Bones is much stronger than both Dull Bones and Red Bones. They again collapse if beaten and get revitalized when the battle isn't finished quick enough. Fire attacks (such as Fire Drive, Fire Flower and Fiery Jinx) instantly defeat them, just like in the original Paper Mario.
The palace is also home to Dark Bones. This variety is to Dry Bones as Red Bones is to Dull Bones; Dark Bones, much like Red Bones, are stronger than and able to build their weaker counterparts. Dark Bones are fought twice in the palace. The first encounter is when the Dark Bones call in innumerable amounts of Dry Bones, much like Red Bones do in Hooktail's Castle. The player once again has to use his hammer to clear away the minions and get to the leader of the troop, initiating a fight. If the player does nothing while Dry Bones are crowding around them, they get a Game Over.
All of the types of Dry Bones are encountered once more during Mario's travels. They are encountered all at once in one room of the Palace of Shadows. The four types have to be defeated in the order of weakest to strongest: Dull Bones, Red Bones, Dry Bones, and finally Dark Bones. Doing so gives Mario a key to another part of the palace.
Dull Bones also occasionally appear in the Audience. Dull Bones are the only audience members that don't give out Star Power upon successful Action Commands and Stylish Moves; they do, however, give out Star Power for Appealing.
Super Paper Mario Edit
Super Paper Mario once again features Dry Bones. When stomped, Dry Bones collapse, but come back very quickly, much like previous platformer games. Unlike in previous Paper Mario games, it attacks by running into Mario and company. Dry Bones are found in The Underwhere and the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials in this game. In this game, the only way to kill them is using Cudge to hammer them down, using Boomer to blow them to pieces, or using Bowser's fire.
A new subspecies – the Dark Dull Bones – appear in the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials, where all the enemies are dark counterparts of the regular ones. This subspecies is stronger than its colored cousin, like all Dark enemies are.
Paper Mario: Sticker Star Edit
Dry Bones appear in Paper Mario: Sticker Star, but their appearance is closer to their main series' appearance, unlike the Dry Bones of previous Paper Mario games, whose appearance was based on the species' artwork for Super Mario World. They are found in World 2. Dry Bones also appear during the boss fight against Petey Piranha in Rumble Volcano, where Petey Piranha can spit them out to battle Mario, this is the only time that the player can permanently destroy a Dry Bones.
A Dry Bones can either attack by throwing a bone or by folding itself into a bone and tossing itself at Mario. If Mario defeats a Dry Bones in battle, it turns into a pile of bones in the overworld, but revives itself shortly after. Defeating a Dry Bones occasionally gives Mario a Bone sticker.
Paper Mario: Color Splash Edit
Dry Bones return in Paper Mario: Color Splash keeping their appearance and behavior from the previous game. They can be eliminated permanently if certain walls are knocked down onto them. When defeated in battle, their bones fall and turn into a pile, and the Dry Bones revive some seconds later. They appear in Marmalade Valley, as well as the parallel worlds of Vortex Island, Lighthouse Island, Fortune Island, and Redpepper Crater.
- In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Dry Bones are stronger then Dull Bones, but in Super Paper Mario it is the opposite.
- In Super Paper Mario they can not throw bones but Dull Bones and Dark Bones do.
- In Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, a Dry Bones with blue shoes turns out to be Kolarado's dead father.
- Dry Bones had had a unique look in Paper Mario compared to other renditions, but was given the Super Mario series look in PMSS and PMCS.
- In Super Paper Mario, the Dry Bones only attacks the player by chasing them.
- They have many siblings such as Dull Bones, Red Bones, and the Dark Bones.
- Once down it's best to use Bobbery's Bomb attacks to make sure they don't get up anymore.
- In Paper Mario it can't be killed by a bu mp attack under normal circumstances.